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“The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand…” — Exodus 4:2-4 (NASB)

Working with Christians, whether young or old, I find that people are actually quite eager to serve God, but hesitate for various reasons. One could be their perceived inability. What could I offer to God?

God had called Moses to go and speak to the leaders of Israel that He is aware of their suffering, and to tell Pharoah to let His people go. Moses was afraid. He said, “what if they will not believe me, or listen to what I say?” The Lord said to Him, “What is in your hand?”

It was a staff. God then told Moses to “throw it on the ground…and it became a serpent…he stretched out his hand and caught it and it became a staff in his hand.”

Moses was a shepherd and it was his tool, an ordinary tool. But God made it extraordinary. It was the instrument God was going to use to for His work.

We often think that it is our ability that will accomplish the work. But here we are reminded that it is God’s work. God wants to use us as His instrument, and He uses whatever gifts we have to do that work.

The instrument was in Moses’ hand. For God to use it, Moses had to be willing to give it to God. He did and God used it.

What is in your hand? A pen? A computer mouse? A spade? A kitchen knife? A baseball? A needle? A car key? The list can go on. It may just be an ordinary piece of equipment, and nothing extraordinary. The question is: “Are we willing to let Him have that which is in our hands?”

Moses had a simple shepherd’s staff. And God used it to do miracles when Moses obeyed Him.

If you sometimes wonder why you haven’t been able to be more effective for God, perhaps you did not let God have what is in your hand? Surrender it to God, He will use it.

Don’t hesitate to let God use what is in your hands. It’s not about your ability, but God’s desire to use you to do His work.


Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.